What does the letter mean, Mother? and why dost thou wear it?
Silly Pearl, what questions are these? There are many things in this world that a child must not ask about. What know I of the minister's heart? And as for the scarlet letter, I wear it for the sake of its gold thread
Mother! Mother! Why does the minister keep his hand over his heart?
Hold thy tongue, naughty child! Do not tease me; else I shall shut thee into the dark closet
It will go now.
Run away, child, and catch the sunshine! It will soon be gone.
Why art thou sad? Pluck up a spirit!
Go now, child.
Once in my life I met the Black Man! This scarlet letter is his mark!